Visitor Guides


A Crossroads for Naturalists


Hawk Mountain is a destination for first-time visitors and seasoned nature enthusiasts. Whether you’re out for a short stroll, an afternoon hike, or here to view the raptor migration at our famous North Lookout, the Sanctuary offers camaraderie and kinship for individuals of all ages.

A Hawk Mountain membership allows you access to all that the Sanctuary has to offer, include special education programs, Hawk Mountain News, and bookstore discounts. Join as a member today.

Tips for a Day Trip

Photo by Mary Scott. Springtime view overlooking River of Rocks

• If you plan on spending the day, be sure to bring a daypack with water, lunch, snacks, binoculars and something soft to sit on
• There are picnic tables available in the parking area and amphitheater, however; we encourage you to enjoy your lunch at one of the rocky lookouts with a breathtaking view. 
• Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are a MUST, parts of the trails are very rocky
• View the trail map and review the Sanctuary’s rules and regulations prior to your arrival
• When you first arrive, stop in at the Visitor Center to pay trail admission, orient yourself to the Sanctuary, view the exhibits and pick-up a trail map.
• Once you’re on the trails, stop at South Lookout to orient yourself with the landscape
• In spring or autumn, plan to take in a free weekend program, such as Raptors Up Close, Birding with Binoculars or tour the Native Plant Garden.
• During spring and autumn weekends staff, interns, and volunteers are stationed at lookouts to answer questions and interpret the migration.
• Most importantly, enjoy your day! 

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